Check Up from the Neck Up
Insights and perspectives on injury prevention, rehabilitation, health and fitness
Sports specific functional training is the best way to prepare athletes for the rigors of their chosen sport. The definition of sport specific functional training is 'exercise which involves training the body for the activities performed during athletic performance.' Functional training, if performed correctly, will lead to better joint mobility and stability, as well as more efficient motor patterns. Improving these factors can dramatically decrease the potential for an injury sustained during an athletic endeavor.
Benefits of Neck Training
The benefits that may arise from the use of training methods that emphasize the body’s natural ability to move in six degrees of freedom, or ranges of motion, can be game changing. In comparison, though 4-way neck machines appear to be safer to use, they restrict movements to a single plane of motion, which is an unnatural form of movement for the body and could potentially lead to faulty movement patterns or injury.
February 22, 2014, Los Angeles Times (James Barragan)
Head Injuries Are Keeping Women Athletes Out Of The Game
Multiple concussions suffered by UCLA basketball player Lauren Holiday call attention to an under-publicized issue for female athletes. Soccer and basketball appear particularly affected.